On Thursday July 2 we spent more time walking around and sightseeing. Bracken and I took our dirty clothes to a nearby laundromat (turns out Norway has a couple). Brian showed us a sculpture garden featuring little tiny human staues – some smaller than others. I was able to walk down to the sea, do some souvenir shopping, visit Oslo’s last remaining pipe store and see the Royal Palace. The palace is remarkably accessible, and quite lovely, though I must say the lawn needs to be mowed.
The venue, Herr Nilsen was pretty cool. It’s typically a jazz club, so they have a real Steinway piano on stage. They took very good care of us, and most of the audience seemed to be familiar with our work. They were enthusiastically having fun and singing along. That made for a much better show. Anders, the sound tech really has a wat with that room and that sound system. It was a good, high-energy show. I’m getting closer to a normal sleep schedule. After this show I had planned to go out and see Oslo, but I was totally beat, and fell asleep before my head hit the pillow.
Just a word about the weather and such: it’s summer. That means up here near the Arctic Circle it’s light 20 hours of the day. And the 4 hours that are dark aren’t really dark, they’re just not sunny. So for humans who depend on light and and dark to schedule their activities, it can be very confusing. For people who like to sleep in dark hotel rooms it can be maddening. The weather has been hot and humid on this trip. Highs in the 80s and 90s. At our house that wouldn’t be a problem, but here there aren’t many air conditioners to be found anywhere. It’s been hot, and it’s been bright. We look forward to getting back to Texas where we can cool off!
This has been a great trip. We’re really looking forward to getting up to Vinstra.
Have good times, and stay cool!